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We want to provide people with information about the latest situation regarding the Head Teacher at Swinford School. We will link to published news stories and also provide Swinford Parent and Carer Action Group press releases here

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BBC News: Swinford school campaigners celebrate saving head

April 17, 2019

BBC News reports that campaigners fighting to save a school's head teacher have said they are "shocked but delighted" after his redundancy was put on hold.

Swinford Primary School's head Edy O'Connor was set to lose his post as part of a restructure by the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT).

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Schools Week

April 18, 2019

Church MAT halts restructuring plan after parent protests


Parent power has prompted an academy trust to halt restructuring plans that involved making a headteacher redundant to balance the books.


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Victory for 'Save Our Head' Campaign

April 17, 2019

A popular headteacher who was facing redundancy is to remain in post after re-structuring plans were put on hold.

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Parents call for Church MAT chief to go in headteacher redundancy row

April 12, 2019

The Times Educational Supplement reports that parents protesting against plans to remove a primary school headteacher’s job have called for a multi academy trust chief executive to go following the resignation of trust directors over the issue.


The non-executive directors at the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust quit following a meeting with the Bishop of Leicester in which he questioned plans for a restructure affecting Swinford Primary School.

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Church Times

April 12, 2019

The Church Times reports that The head of Swinford C of E Primary School, Edy O’Connor, faces being made redundant by the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust

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Rugby Advertiser

April 12, 2019

MP to raise actions of academy trust to education secretary after popular head of Swinford school is made redundant

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Parents call for resignation of school academy trust CEO in row over redundancy of headteacher

April 15, 2019

Leicestershire Live reports that 

parents protesting against a controversial decision to make a headteacher redundant are calling on the school academy trust's CEO to resign.

Members of the Swinford Parents and Carers Group are campaigning for Edy O’Connor, former head of Swinford C of E Primary School, in Swinford, near Lutterworth, to be reinstated.

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BBC News Reports on DLAT Board Resignation

April 11, 2019

Members of a school trust's board have resigned amid a row over a head teacher's position.


Swinford Primary School's head Edy O'Connor faces being made redundant by the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT).


All six non-executive directors of the trust have now left suddenly.

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Academy Trust Directors Resign

April 11, 2019

Harborough FM reports that the Board of Directors at the diocese of Leicester Academies Trust have resigned en-masse

It follows a meeting between the Trust and Bishop of Leicester yesterday concerning Swinford Primary School.

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Church MAT directors quit after being told to listen to 'the community'

April 10, 2019

Directors of a Church of England academy chain have resigned after the Bishop of Leicester questioned a controversial move to replace one of its schools' heads in a restructure.


Parents have protested against the decision to make Edy O'Connor,  the head of Swinford Primary School, Leicestershire, redundant and appoint a new executive head overseeing two schools.


The Bishop of Leicester Rt Rev Martyn Snow revealed today that non executive directors of DLAT had resigned after a meeting with him over the issue.

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BBC Radio Leicester interview with Alberto Costa MP

April 10, 2019

BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard speaks with Alberto Costa MP regarding the resignation of the Diocese of Leicester Academy Trust's (DLAT) Board of Directors

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BBC Radio Leicester interview with Alberto Costa MP

April 8, 2019

Jo Hayward and Jimmy Carpenter interview Alberto Costs MP about the ongoing matter regarding Swinford School. DLAT were invited but did not participate in the discussion.

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BBC Radio Leicester Interviews with Parents

April 8, 2019

More coverage from BBC Radio Leicester. Interviews with Kat Clarke and Natasha Raven

Leicester Mercury report on protest march held to save Swinford School's Head Teacher 

April 6, 2019

Up to 250 people marched through Swinford, near Lutterworth, to oppose changes proposed at Swinford C of E Primary School.

Supporters fear that Mr O’Connor, affectionately known as simply ‘Mr O’ by youngsters, parents and staff alike, could be forced out under proposals from the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT) to install a new ‘executive head’ covering Swinford and another school as part of a new business model.

Swinford head teacher move protest backed by MP

April 5, 2019

BBC reports on a school dispute which has seen protests by parents and pupils is to be raised in Parliament by an MP.
The head of Swinford Primary School, Edy O'Connor, is facing being made redundant by the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT).

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Headteacher Handed Redundancy Notice

April 5, 2019

Harborough FM reports that Edy O'Connor, Head of Swinford School, has been handed his redundancy notice by the Dioceses of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT)

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BBC News: Swinford head teacher move protest backed by MP

April 5, 2019

A school dispute which has seen protests by parents and pupils is to be raised in Parliament by an MP.


The head of Swinford Primary School, Edy O'Connor, is facing being made redundant by the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT).

Read the BBC's coverage here

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DLAT Complaint to be raised in Houses of Parliament

April 4, 2019

Alberto Costa, MP is to raise the DLAT Academies Trust ‘failure’ in Parliament in April. Alberto will speak with the Secretary of State for Education in the House of Commons in response to the changes made to the leadership of Swinford CofE Primary School and the lack of proper consultation with parents and carers of pupils at the school.

The Times

April 3, 2019

The Times reports on how our primary school seeks a split from the church academy trust

First News

April 3, 2019

First News reports on the Diocese of Leicester Academy Trust's plans to remove Edy O'Connor and replace him with an Executive Head

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Ofsted warn about DLAT's capacity for improvement

January 12, 2018

Schools week reports that the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT) is not improving pupil outcomes fast enough, and has failed to establish a “clear purpose and direction” for its schools

Campaigners' joy after stop put on popular head teacher's impending redundancy

April 17, 2019

Leicestershire Live reports that Edy O'Connor will remain in place as head teacher at Swinford C of E Primary School - HOORAY!

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New Board of Directors appointed at DLAT

April 18, 2019

The Action Group welcomes the new Board of Directors to DLAT. We look forward to the opportunity for constructive dialogue and co-operation to ensure that Swinford, and other schools, can thrive and provide children with the best possible start in life.

 
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